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The Campbells of Kirnan, Rutherfords and Rutherfurds
Posted by: Gary Rutherford Harding (ID *****7942) Date: December 01, 2004 at 17:29:39
In Reply to: Re: Witnesses to 1774 Cumberland Co, NC WILL - by MaryJean Childress Voegtlin of 7335

Hi MaryJean,

Yes, this is a fascinating group - the so-called "Cape Fear Scots"? I think what you're looking for as far as a connection with the between the Rutherfords and Ochiltrees may be found in the Hundalee cadet of Rutherfords.

Also I'm very familiar with the descendants of John Walker and his wife Katherine Rutherford. Several Rutherford lines which come from Washington County, Indiana descend from this group which is collectively called "The Wigton-Walkers". I'm directly descended from John Walker and Katherine Rutherford through John Campbell+Elizabeth Walker twice and through James Wallace+Elizabeth Campbell once [see below].

The Campbells in question here are the Campbells of Kirnan in Glassary - a sub-cadet of the Campbells of Argyll. Other related branches include the MacIver Campbells of Ballochyle in Cowal, the MacIver Campbells of Pennymore and the Campbells of Ardlarach. The inheritors of the dominant line were the MacIver Campbells of Asknish aka Arduaine. Kirnan is still the site of a Campbell cadet which carries the name of Campbell [or McIver] of Kirnan. Kirnan mill and Kirnan farm are in the parish of Kilmichael Glassary - County of Argyll, Scotland.

Elizabeth Walker d/o John Walker II, married John Campbell "the rightful Duke of Argyll" according to White 1902. Supposedly, John Campbell was declared the rightful Duke of Argyll by Parliament between 1850 and 1862. According to this claim, John Campbell, who married Elizabeth Walker, daughter of John and Katherine Rutherford, would have been the rightful Duke of Argyll. This claim has been hotly debated for years. However, there is no evidence that any Campbell family from America presented a formal claim before the House of Lords for compensation or recognition. The claim does repeat itself over and over again in secondary sources, but the likeihood that a sub-cadet would fall heir to the dominant line is mathematically unlikely, since there would be hundreds in line from the Argyll cadet before the Kirnan cadet could be served as heirs.

The Rutherfords from which Katherine Rutherford descend are from the Scottish Borders "on the banks of the Tweed" - probably Roxburghshire. This extended family is a Hunthill cadet which, like the Wigton-Walkers, is well organized in their genealogical research.

Emma Siggins White
"Genealogy of the Descendants of John Walker of Wigton .Scotland, 1600-1902,"
Kansas City, MO
Tiernan-Dart Printing Co. 1902

1 - John Walker - Jane McKnight
2 - John Walker - Katherine Rutherford
3 - John Campbell and Elizabeth Walker
4 - Esther Campbell - Alexander McKinney
5 - David McKinney - Margaret Wallace
6 - Anna McKinney - William Rutherford --->3x great grandfather

1 - John Walker - Jane McKnight
2 - John Walker - Katherine Rutherford
3 - John Campbell and Elizabeth Walker
4 - Elizabeth Campbell - James Wallace
5 - Margaret Wallace - David McKinney
6 - Anna McKinney - William Rutherford --->3x great grandfather

1 - John Rutherford - Isabella Alliene
2 - James Rutherford - Margaret McMahon
3 - John Wallace - Isabel Rutherford
4 - James Wallace - Elizabeth Campbell
5 - Margaret Wallace - David McKinney
6 - Anna McKinney - William Rutherford --->3x great grandfather

== == ==

The Rutherfurds of Bowland have often had their name misspelled. "Journal of a Lady of Quality; Being the Narrative of a Journey from Scotland to the West Indies, North Carolina, and Portugal, in the Years 1774 to 1776" can be found in its entirety on the University of North Carolina's Library webpage. Excellent book - written by the cousin and nanny of the Rutherfurd children. There are extensive sections on Thomas and James Rutherfurd of Bowland and his family at large. This journal is a primary source record and is posted at this site for that reason. Be very careful, these two families; the Rutherfurds of Bowland and the Rutherfords of Hunthill are only distantly connected with a common ancestor in the 15th century in Roxburghshire ........ apples and oranges??

page 300 - "Journal of a Lady of Quality”

"The Rutherfurds and Schaws were closely connected by marriage, for Janet's father had married Rutherfurd's aunt, and her brother, Robert, had married his eldest sister, Anne, so that it would have been natural enough for Duncan to have done either, though the probabilities are in favor of Miss Schaw. Rutherfurd's father had died in 1747, and his family was scattered: Thomas and James, his brothers, and Anne and Barbara, his sisters, were in North Carolina, and "Bowland," the Rutherfurd estate in Scotland, had passed out of the hands of the family. The children of John Rutherfurd remained in Scotland until the voyage of 1774,--Fanny at boarding school, probably in Edinburgh,--when Rutherfurd, having decided to stay in North Carolina, and with the aid of his children's money having acquired a new plantation, "Hunthill," some thirty miles from Wilmington, wished them to return to the province."

It should be noted that members of the Bowland cadet in NC owned the estate of Hunthill in Roxburghshire at this time but they were not members of this cadet. They are the Bowland Rutherfurds of Edgerston lineage. The Hunthill mentioned above was a plantation in NC which was named for the original Hunthill in Roxburghshire. Their cousin John Rutherfurd, son of Walter, had Rutherford, New Jersey [note spelling] named in his honor and also built an estate named Edgerston in New Jersey. He was the last surviving US Senator who served during the presidency of George Washington. This “typo” is the fault of the US Postal Service in the 19th century- Rutherfurd became Rutherford, NJ. Both of these families have many living descendants and they all spell their name "Rutherfurd", but as you can see, the spelling is frequently corrupted.

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Then compare this primary source record [it’s a diary] with the New Jersey Historical Society webpage which has the primary source records on the Rutherfurds of New Jersey who were the cousins of Thomas and James Rutherfurd of Cumberland County, NC.

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til later ..... Gary

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